In May, Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer announced Dwayne Haskins will get the first opportunity as the team’s starting quarterback. Meyer confirmed his previous statement on Friday, stating Haskins will be the team’s starter entering preseason camp.
During the Ohio State Football Job Fair in Columbus, Meyer reiterated the redshirt sophomore will be the team’s starting quarterback entering camp while speaking with a group of reporters.
Meyer also said redshirt freshman Tate Martell will compete with Haskins for the top job when practices resume, according to an ESPN report.
Haskins and Martell competed with Joe Burrow for the starting job during spring practice. However, it became a two-man race for the job after Burrow transferred to LSU.
While both Haskins and Martell have plenty of talent and potential, Haskins has the advantage of experience on his side.
Last season, the 6-foot-3, 218-pound Haskins played in eight games with the Buckeyes as the backup to starter J.T. Barrett. Although he played mainly when Ohio State held a large lead late in games, Haskins completed 40 of his 57 pass attempts for 565 yards, 4 touchdowns and 1 interception. Haskins really proved his worth last season when he relieved an injured Barrett against Michigan. Haskins completed 6 of his 7 passing attempts for 94 yards in that game to help Ohio State top the Wolverines.